The Sweet Service Award goes to Dermalogica, and its Head Office Manager Marja Basson, who did an amazing service recovery to make good the dreadful service I experienced at its Wembley Square branch. I received a text message, inviting me to test a new eye treatment cream, with options of a branch and a time that suited me. My appointment time and date was confirmed. I arrived slightly early, was told to take a seat (at the counter) and was offered a glass of water. Therapist Salma was busy with a client in an open space close to me, and when it was 12h20 she carried on without apology to me, and appeared very slow in taking payment from the client. Salma was 15 minutes late for my appointment, did not apologize when she began my treatment, blaming a double (more…)

Yesterday the 2017 Winemag.co.za Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report awards were presented at the colorful The Stack, a well attended function, and offering good lighting for photography. Winemag goes to great lengths to find interesting venues to host its awards. It is the sixth Cabernet Sauvignon Report presented by Winemag.
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On Monday evening a friend and I ate dinner at Pot Luck Club in the Biscuit Mill, it being one of very few quality restaurants which are open on Monday evenings. He challenged me to leave my note book at home, to just enjoy the evening, and to have fun. This was my first review written from memory, and the photographs were sourced from the restaurant’s website, and the internet. Very few photographs of the dishes we ate could be found. (more…)

Last week was a lucky week of spoiling, which included staying over at Leeu Estates outside Franschhoek, the signature local accommodation property in the Leeu Collection. The variety of local artwork, and top name artists, makes Leeu Estates an art gallery within a hotel!  (more…)

Initially I was not interested in booking for the One Star House Party, which opened as a pop-up restaurant late last month, but when a chef invited me to join his group table, I read the information I had seen on Facebook a second time. While the decor and location of the pop-up was cheap and nasty, it was most impressive that the international chefs had created a seven-course menu which did our local produce and dishes proud, something we rarely see in our local restaurants!  (more…)

Earlier this week I was blessed to receive an invitation from Five Star PR to attend the Phoenix Charity Dinner and Auction at the five-star Tintswalo Atlantic, off Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay. The invitation was expanded to include a stayover after the event, the magnificence of the location of the boutique hotel manifesting the following morning, in the daylight.  (more…)

Leeu Collection hospitality group has announced its partnership with Chef Ritu Dalmia, a restaurateur from Delhi, where she owns Italian restaurant Diva.  Chef Ritu will look after all international restaurant interests of the Leeu Collection, excluding its South African restaurants. The appointment of Chef Ritu reflects the focus of Leeu Collection on Hospitality acquisitions in South Africa, Italy, and the U.K..  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths in Cavendish Square, and its assistant Lunathi Daba, for her excellent service in assisting me in finding clothes in different sections of the store, and helping me carry all my shopping items, all with a friendly smile.  It is a surprise when one receives such excellent service, not being the norm in the Woolworths branches I normally frequent.

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Last night I attended the Phoenix Charity Dinner and Auction at Tintswalo Lodge Atlantic, which raised R290000 towards Thula Thula, a non-profit organization which assists township residents in Hout Bay with replacing possessions lost in fires. (more…)

It would appear that there were no new restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands during April. Iconic restaurant The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Fran├žais closed it doors at the end of April, after many years of operation under the guidance of Chef Margot Janse.  We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#  Ben Wei Fusion, Sushi, and Asian has opened in Wembley Square (photograph)

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